A Word About Breakfast

Most of us grew up eating "breakfast foods" such as Pop Tarts, eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, muffins, waffles, pancakes, donuts, oatmeal, bagels, yogurt, juice, fruit or cereal.

Who decided that these are the foods you have to eat in the morning??? I don't know, but for those of us who can't eat wheat or gluten, most of these foods are out of the question. There are some good gluten-free or wheat-free substitutes, to be sure. If you're also diabetic, like me, then you still can't have most of these. If you're trying to lose weight, most of them are also not low fat, sugar free or low carb.

There is no rule or law that says you can only eat "breakfast foods" at breakfast!!  So open up your mind (and your palate)! I'm sure that most of us, at one time or another, have had leftover pizza for breakfast. There's nothing wrong with that. Eat whatever you want - salads, sandwiches, veggie burgers....the sky's the limit!  You've probably eaten pancakes for dinner, or Pop Tarts for lunch, so it's not that big of a difference.

Now, having said that, if you're in a hurry to get to work or school, then convenience foods are what you're used to. Try eating healthier if you can. You don't have to grab a Pop Tart (as yummy as they are) or just coffee. You can prepare foods in advance that you just stick in the microwave. Or just make some toast with avocado or peanut butter, or a whole wheat bagel with cream cheese. If you have time, make an omelette with veggies. You know, you can make things like bacon, sausage or omelettes ahead of time and then just reheat them. They also sell packaged versions that you can just microwave.

I usually have Applegate Farms Chicken Maple Sausages for breakfast, along with one gluten free bagel, or toast, or fruit, or yogurt. It's a very hearty meal, but relatively healthy. I usually have a sandwich, Atkins meal or salad for lunch, and then something very light for dinner.  Sometimes, though....I'll have leftover salad for breakfast.  So far, the breakfast police haven't come knocking on my door! :)

Here's a fun article about the history of breakfast!

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